Japan is often thought to be an expensive travel destination.
Of course, compared to most other Asian countries the cost of things is generally quite high, but there are a few tips you can utilise in order to keep the cost of your trip down.
When you think about places with great views in Tokyo, most people probably think of Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower. However, some budget travelers might be put off by the entrance fees (which are more expensive the higher in the tower you go).
The delicious food in Japan brings people to visit year after year. But for people on a budget, it might be a struggle to find a nice restaurant to suit your price range.
The key to eating good food in Japan on a budget is splurge at lunch, save at dinner. A lot of restaurants are open for both lunch and dinner, but have a different menu or hike up the prices at dinner time.
For affordable dinners, you could try teishoku, ramen or omurice. You can then take advantage of the lunchtime deals at more high class sushi or tempura. If you are a meat lover, many yakiniku places offer 1000 yen lunch deals.
“Kaiten sushi” or conveyor belt sushi is also very affordable. Price is ranging from 100 yen to fancy sushi at 500-600 yen/piece. If you stick with 100 yen sushi, you can eat 10 plates (=20 pieces). What a bargain!
Souvenirs, or omiyage, are a deeply ingrained part of Japanese culture. If you are meeting friends in Japan, you might want to bring something with you, or when you return from your holiday your friends will be expecting something.
Often when you buy something in Japan, the shops specifically designed for “souvenirs” are marked up, when your family and friends would be just as happy with something from the department store or even the supermarket.
Items from 100 yen shops are also very popular such as chopsticks, tea cup, paper fan … etc.
I hope this gave you an idea of a few of the ways to save money when travelling in Japan. Do you have any tips or suggestions of how to travel without spending too much?
Tappy tips :
Enjoy cheap and good food !! Most supermarkets will try to sell out their bento boxes/sushi by closing time. If you are on budget travel, before to check the sales corner. 100 円引き meaning you will get 100 yen off and “半額” mean half price!